The Victorian ombudsman has criticised the Department of Human Services (DHS) for placing a child into the care of a convicted sex offender. The DHS was repeatedly warned about the possibility of abuse to the child, but failed to act. The ombudsman's annual report identifies numerous problems with Victoria's child protection services. In one example, a child was placed in the care of a convicted sex offender, even though the child said they had been abused by this person in the past. The ombudsman also found some DHS staff members do not know how to conduct basic checks on carers.